Smackdown – July 2, 2015

Smackdown
Date: July 2, 2015
Location: Giant Center,
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom
Phillips, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Uso
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
There isn’t a lot to
say at the moment as we’re getting closer and closer to Battleground
and the showdown between Lesnar and Rollins. Raw mainly focused on
Wyatt vs. Reigns, which is coming off as a strong feud with Wyatt
getting inside Reigns’ head, but I can’t imagine there being much of
a challenge for Roman when they finally face off. Let’s get to it.

We
open with a recap of Rollins giving the Authority all their presents
on Monday, leading to the Authority and Wyatt beating down Reigns to
end the show.
Here
are Rollins and the Stooges to open things up. Rollins keeps
plugging the product placement but says it’s time to talk about the
present. One day, everyone is going to ask about what it was like
when Seth Rollins destroyed the Roman Empire and burned Suplex City
to the ground. After some clips of the beatdowns, Rollins brags
about conquering the conqueror last week.
Then Roman couldn’t
hang with the power of the Stooges and Kane got on his flight to
Tokyo, but before he left he made a few matches for tonight: Dean
Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, assuming
Roman shows up. Cue Ambrose to come towards the ring but he walks
back and comes out again with a kendo stick. Dean fights them off
but is told his match with Wyatt starts RIGHT NOW.
Dean Ambrose vs.
Bray Wyatt
Dean
chops and strikes away against the ropes to start but walks into the
running body block to change control early on. We hit the chinlock
way faster than we should before they head outside for Ambrose’s 619
under the bottom rope and a big clothesline before it’s off to a
break. Maybe they can get out of this lame formula stuff during the
commercial. Back with Dean fighting out of Sister Abigail and
nailing a big suicide dive to the floor.
A tornado DDT gets two
for Ambrose but Wyatt takes his head off with a clothesline and gets
two of his own off the backsplash. Back up and Dean’s rebound lariat
and top rope elbow get two as well, meaning the wait for anything but
signature moves continues. Dean dives off the apron and gets thrown
into the barricade for his efforts. Well that was different. Sister
is good for the pretty sudden pin at 9:00.
Rating:
D+.
It was watchable as these two have fought so many times before, but
this felt a lot more like a house show match than anything else.
Dean did his signature stuff, Bray did his signature stuff, and then
Wyatt won. I’ve seen far worse matches, but I never got the
slightest bit interested in this one, partially because I’m sick of
seeing these guys fight.
Adam
Rose and Rosa Mendes are in the ring to call the entire audience
jealous of him, only to be interrupted by R-Truth.
R-Truth vs. Adam
Rose
Rose
gets thrown around to start and Truth thrusts some pelvis at him.
Phillips: “Truth is aware we don’t have kings in this country
right?” Lawler: “Are you kidding me?” Truth blocks some right
hands and hits the Lie Detector for the pin at 1:58.
Video
of Rock appearing at a house show over the weekend. Since this is
WWE, they show it on the WWE Youtube channel.
Recap of Cena vs.
Cesaro on Monday with Owens coming in for the DQ.
On WWE.com, Ryback
promised to run through Mark Henry tonight on his way to
Battleground, where he’ll run over Big Show and Miz.
Mark
Henry disagrees and says Ryback is disrespectful.
Mark
Henry vs. Ryback
Non-title
again and Henry’s signature entrance with the camera behind his back
makes its return. Mark shoves him to the floor to start but Ryback
just punches him in the face and tries Shell Shock, only to be
thwarted by the powers of fat. The announcers say that if he can’t
get Henry up, he can’t get Big Show up. Please forget that HE
ALREADY DID THAT. Ryback gets one off a splash but can’t get Henry
up for a suplex. Henry: “FEED ME MORE!” How many times do you
think that’s been said in Mark’s life?
The
bearhug doesn’t last long but Henry falls on Ryback’s slam attempt
for two. There’s a double clothesline to put both guys down but
Ryback is up first with the suplex. The World’s Strongest Slam is
countered into the spinebuster, followed by the Shell Shock for the
pin at 7:00. Jimmy Uso is VERY excited over this.
Rating:
C-.
I liked this more than I was expecting to with Ryback building up to
the suplex and then finally paying it off. No it’s nothing mind
blowing, but they built something up and then got to the point.
That’s basic storytelling and it’s WAY more than you would expect to
get out of something like this.
The
Stooges show off some Apple Watch features.
Brie Bella vs. Naomi
This
is described as a match between the stars of Total Divas. Brie slaps
her in the face to start and a chase on the floor lets Brie get in a
clothesline to take over. Back in and the BRIE MODE minus
obnoxiously shouting BRIE MODE knee to the face gets two but Naomi
slaps her in the face. Turnabout being fair play and all that jazz.
Fox trips Naomi up though and the Bella Buster is good for the pin at
3:59.
Rating:
D.
Yeah this happened. It’s a shame that Naomi’s big push has been
stopped for the sake of another Total Divas storyline because it’s
that time of the year again. There are some good elements in the
division but the complete lack of any real motivation or logic to
most of the characters cripples anything they could do.
Wyatt
says he’s the reason Reigns wasn’t there to save Ambrose earlier
tonight. Reigns must be hiding in some cave feeling sorry for
himself. That isn’t the Reigns that Bray knows though, because
Reigns is all about fighting the world. Bray hasn’t known anyone
since he’s been on this planet and that makes him stronger.
Everything Roman loves in this world is going to be burned to the
ground, leaving Wyatt and Reigns all alone. Then and only then will
Wyatt finish Reigns, because it’s anyone but you Reigns. Run.
Prime
Time Players vs. Ascension
Non-title.
Titus chops Viktor to start and the announcers cringe in stereo.
Jimmy: “Geez Louise.” Darren gets suplexed onto Viktor and gets
two off the Earthquake splash. It’s off to Konnor to run Darren
over, followed by shrugging off a forearm and punching Young down.
They head outside with Darren getting posted as we head to a break.
Back
with Lawler updating us on Roman Reigns’ status for tonight: he’s
still not here. And I’m sure he will NOT be here for the match
they’ve basically spent the whole night advertising. Young finally
sends the losers into each other for a hot tag off to Titus as house
is cleaned. Jimmy: “BOO YEAH!” Everything breaks down and the
Clash of the Titus ends Konnor at 9:41.
Rating:
D+.
The match was acceptable and the action was fine, even though there
was never any doubt as to who was winning. The part I’m interested
in though is who the Players are going to be facing. They keep
hyping the idea that it isn’t clear which members of the New Day are
getting the shot, which makes me think Dallas might be brought in as
a surprise. Why that would be imposing is anyone’s guess.
Here
are Rusev and Summer Rae (looking as good as she ever has in a white
dress) for a chat. Summer wants to apologize for her actions at Raw
as she stooped down to the gold digger’s level when Lana isn’t even a
real woman. Rusev says Summer knows her place but almost calls her
Lana by mistake. He’s coming for Ziggler and that’s about it.
Rollins
and the Stooges come out for the match with Reigns and it’s time for
the dreaded ten count. In case you’ve never watched wrestling
before, Reigns shows up at nine and it’s time to fight.
Seth Rollins vs.
Roman Reigns
Non-title
of course. Roman starts fast and whips Rollins into the corner
before taking FOREVER to powerbomb Mercury, allowing Seth to kick him
in the ribs and take over. A top rope double stomp on the back makes
Reigns’ injuries (from Raw) even worse and a spinning kick to the
ribs stops his comeback. Reigns shrugs it off again and plants Seth
with a powerbomb, drawing in the Stooges for the DQ at 5:58.
Rating:
D.
I get that it was short, but there’s no reason to have this match.
Why burn through another edition of this match instead of having,
say, Reigns vs. the Stooges? If you’re only going to give it a few
minutes then let Roman beat the two of them up and then have Rollins
interfere. It’s that simple and a way to save one of these matches
from being done to death. Again, thinking can make the booking that
much better but for some reason it almost never happens.
The
beating is on but Ambrose comes out for the save, allowing for a big
double beatdown on Mercury as the other two bail to end the show.
Overall
Rating:
D+.
This one didn’t work for me as it was mainly midcard stuff and then a
really lame main event story that went nowhere. You can only have
the Shield guys fight each other so many times before it stops being
interesting and unfortunately we passed that back in like December.
These matches should be major showdowns, not getting six minutes and
a lame DQ finish on a random Smackdown. The show didn’t do anything
for me and there’s no reason to see this.
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